Scene changing from Herne Bay

Mandy Broughton runs Beach Creative, a community arts hub, in Herne Bay with fellow artists Mandy Troughton, and Gill Wilson.

Originally from the USA, Mandy has travelled widely but now calls Herne Bay home. A love of water sports, walking her dog and beach combing influence her work. Here she writes about one of her favourite walks.

Herne Bay is a traditional seaside resort and is great for families.  There’s a safe beach with lifeguard and trampolines, plenty of ice-cream shops and an 18 hole mini golf course just minutes from the pier which is full of interesting beach hut style shops, selling everything from cream teas to driftwood art.

Walk for about ten minutes from the pier, in an easterly direction following the seafront promenade and the scenery and atmosphere changes completely.

Overlooking the sea, the King’s Hall, built in 1913 and named in memory of King Edward VII, retains many Edwardian features. It’s a popular venue for music, theatre and dance events with a gallery and café.  Walk on and you’ll pass just two buildings; the sailing club and the Coast Watch hut and then it’s simply the beach and the Downs.

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Reculver by Greg Davidson

The cliff top walk offers beautiful serene views, banks of wild flowers, quiet residential areas, woods and Bishopstone Glen with its pretty stream feeding into the sea.  Depending on the tide, you can walk along the beach and dip your toes in the water but be careful as the mud can be soft.

From the cliff top a big open field leads down to the Reculver Towers and a pub and it’s a really lovely walk there and back again.  I’ve cycled it several times too, although for that it’s much easier to stay at the top.

If you’d like to go further, it’s easy to carry on into Thanet.  I have friends who like to walk to Margate, stay at the Walpole Bay Hotel overnight and walk home again the next day.

The sunny summer weather makes this a beautiful area to explore.  However, I also like it in the winter when it can be cold and bleak with angry skies.  As anyone who lives around here knows, it’s worth taking note of the wind direction.  If you’re walking or cycling with the wind (normally a westerly) you really don’t appreciate how different it can be when you turn around!

Reculver Winter by Mandy Broughton

 

Read how Liz Bottts also enjoys exploring this part of the Kent coast

Love Vintage? Enjoy Cassy Fry’s Vintage Herne Bay blog

Beach Creative is a creative community hub hosting artist studios, workshops and exhibitions. Oradour 70  will commemorate the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glance during  the WW1. Photography by Alan Porter will be accompanied by John Grant’s poetry, artwork and an installation by Mandy Troughton. Open every day 10am-4pm from 4th-17th June.

The Duchamp Festival took place in Herne Bay during August  2013 and has been shortlisted for 4 awards in the East Kent Culture Awards taking place in Canterbury on 14th June.

The Kings Hall will host the Downton Abbey Ball on Sat 12 July.

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